Angel Food Cake
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My Favorite Angel Food Cake

My Favorite Angel Food Cake
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time3 hrs 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Cookie Madness

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar or "Baker's Sugar" if you can find it
  • 1 cup 4 oz cake flour
  • 1/2 cup 2 oz confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups egg whites I now use 14 eggs**
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 scant teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract

7 Minute Icing

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of corn syrup
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Adjust oven rack so that it’s right under (but not right in) the center.
  • Have ready a two part removable bottom angel food cake pan with legs.
  • Grind the granulated sugar in a coffee grinder or mini food processor. This makes for a tighter crumb, but you can skip it if you don’t have a grinder or if you have Baker's Sugar.
  • Sift the cake flour and confectioners’ sugar together. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites just until foamy, then add the cream of tartar and continue beating until peaks are almost stiff. With the mixer still going, add the salt, then gradually add the sugar and continue beating until sugar is absorbed. Beat in the extracts.
  • Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and gradually pour the flour into the side of the stand mixer bowl, being careful not to deflate the whites. Remove mixer from stand and with a scraper, fold in any flour that didn’t get blended in with the rest.
  • Scrape the cake batter into the pan and bake for 40 minutes (check at 35) or until the top is browned and cake springs back lightly when touched. Invert cake pan onto its legs and let cool for about two hours.
  • When the cake is completely cool, run a regular non-serrated knife around the edges of the cake pan and stem. Pull the cake out of the pan, then use the knife to loosen the part stuck to the base.
  • Seven Minute Frosting: Combine the egg whites, sugar, water, cream of tartar and corn syrup in the top of a double boiler and set it over simmering water. With a handheld mixer, beat on high for 7 minutes or until soft peaks have formed. Remove from heat. Beat in salt and vanilla and continue beating until icing is spreadable (if it's not already).
  • Spread icing over sides of the cake.

Notes

Eggs and whites come in various sizes, so measuring by volume or weight is the most accurate way to get the right amount of egg whites. I usually need at least 12 eggs to get 1 2/3 cup.